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Lady Palm

Rhapis excelsa

Size: Small
Pot: Eco Planter
Eco Pot

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  • Pet Safe:Yes

  • Care Level:I'm Easy

  • Overall Size: 10" to 14" W 24" to 36" H

A popular houseplant for more than three hundred years, the lady palm (Rhapis Excelsa) instantly brings elegance into any room. It's one of our indoor and outdoor plants — it can grow happily on your patio if you live in USDA hardiness zones 8b through 12. It grows from multiple stems and has fan-shaped fronds, which give it a truly unique look. Not only is it beautiful, but it's also low maintenance too.

Lady Palm
Lady Palm

About Lady Palm

Not only is the Rhapis excelsa a classic ornamental palm and has been over 300 years, but it also has medicinal properties! In Singapore, they use the bark to stop bleeding in external applications. Also, the bark and roots can stimulate circulation and help with rheumatism.

Care Level: I'm Easy

Super easy to care for and perfect for beginners.

Pet Friendly: Yes

Safe for pets.


Native to Southern China and Taiwan.

Fun Facts

Rhapis excelsa have been used as classic ornamental palms for more than 300 years.

They were cultivated by the Japanese elite in the early 1600s, introduced to Europe in 1774, and became prized American "parlor palms" during the 1850s.

Lady Palm

Great For People Who…

  • Great for people with pets
  • Great for people who are on the go and need low maintenance plants
  • Great for people who love the tropical vibe
Lady Palm

Great For Spaces That…

  • Great for spaces with higher ceilings
  • Great for space with room for a grouping of plants
  • Great for spaces with medium indirect light

Rhapis excelsa Care Guide

  • High

    Enjoys bright, indirect light.

  • Medium

    Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy.

  • Medium

    Enjoys some humidity. Spritz occasionally.

  • 60 to 80

    Keep in it's ideal temperatures so that it will remain healthy.

  • 8|9|10|11|12

    Outside: Keep out of direct light as it will burn the leaves. Keep in full shade. Nightime temperatures need to remain above 55°F for healthy growth.

  • Yearly

    The Lady Palm doesn't need much fertilizer. Too much will harm the plant. Fertilize once a year in the spring. Use liquid fertilizer at half strength'Äîwater the plant before fertilizing.

  • 2 Years

    When receiving the Lady Palm plant, do not repot immediately but wait at least 6-12 months. Repot in the spring, using a 2" bigger pot. (Too big of a pot could cause the soil to dry slower, which is not helpful.)

    Try not to disturb the roots too much. These plants like to be a little root bound so don't go any bigger in pot size than recommended.

    Place a piece of screening at the bottom of the container over the drainage hole to secure the soil and allow it to drain. Use a well draining potting mix with perlite or an African Violet mix to help with drainage.

    Lift the plant and release the roots against the existing planter. Use a clean knife or garden trowel to wedge between the pot and the soil to loosen.

    Inspect the roots. Notice if there are any dead or rotting roots and trim off with sterile pruners.

    Ensure the plant is sitting about 1 inch below the edge of the pot to avoid water spillage. Add more soil and backfill around the sides by tamping down. Fill up to the soil line but not over.

    Water thoroughly, leaving the soil damp but not soggy. If settling occurs, add more soil.

    Water well to dampen the soil and let it drain.

  • Monthly

    As new leaves form, lower leaves will discolor and die off. Use sterile pruners and cut off the aging leaves. If tips of the leaves are browning, trim the ends off to help the plant regain strength. Remove any debris from the soil and replenish if needed. To clean debris and dust off the leaves:

    Place the palm in a shower or tub.

    Fill a watering can with a shower spout with filtered, bottled, or water free of chlorine and fluoride.

    Shower the leaves, so each one is clear of dust and dirt.

    Let the water drain and replace your palm in the decorative container.

  • Cuttings

    Remove a 6-8 inch cutting from the mother plant. Place the stem in water and replace every week. Once stem grows at least two inches of roots, poke a hole in damp soil and place the stem. Mix into the soil some rooting hormone. Cover the cutting with a clear, plastic bag and mist. Check soil moisture periodically. Within six weeks, the roots should be getting established. Place in bright to medium, indirect light and follow care instructions.

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